In Ancient Greece Fennel Is Used To Treat Headaches And For Its Slimming Properties. Today Fennel Is Considered Vital Herb To Relieve Digestion Discomfort.
Fennel or Foeniculum vulgare (in Latin) often used on all Mediterranean areas is a long perennial plant with dill like looking leaves and strong stems which can grow up to 2m height.
Parts used are: seeds, roots and leaves.
Discover Why Are Fennel Seeds Your Best Friend During Holiday Season
Fennel seeds are an excellent remedy when it comes to treating heartburn as a result of acid indigestion. A lot of people mix this two terms so let us first quickly define difference between heartburn and indigestion
Heartburn is that burning feeling in your chest (center), caused by acid coming from your stomach into your swallowing tube (reflux esophagitis). Heartburn is a symptom of indigestion.
Indigestion is an unpleasant feeling of discomfort in the upper abdomen or your chest. Acid indigestion can be felt in the pit of your stomach, usually caused by acid irritating the stomach lining. Many people also report feeling of being bloated or full.
Why Is Fennel Your Best Friend During Tasty Holidays?
Common causes of indigestion are overeating, eating fatty or spicy foods. Usually all these symptoms occur during delicious holiday seasons when there is an abundance of food in front us and we somehow forget what we are suppose to eat and what food we are suppose to avoid.
Solution to indigestion and heartburn is to strengthen your stomach. This is when FENNEL SEEDS STEP IN!
As already mentioned feeling of heartburn and acid indigestion problems appear when eating specific foods, drinking alcohol, eating too fast-too much, drinking too much caffeine, or when we have a little bit of too much of everything which are causing the symptoms such as heartburn, a burning pain in the chest, burping, loss of appetite.
Rich in magnesium, vitamin C and beta carotene, fennel seeds not only stimulate digestion, according to Dr Oz, herbalists are using fennel seeds in different herbal remedies such as: plant that relieves intestinal spasms or cramps, relieves or expels gas, to STRENGTHEN STOMACH and to soothe the pain. When taken as a tea, fennel can relax your intestinal system. When chewed fennel seeds can help you rid off acid indigestion, which is a feeling you experience in your stomach. And when it comes to your heartburn symptoms, they will banish in no more than ten minutes.
This is why fennel seeds are your best friend to have around during holiday seasons: to help you rid off discomfort of occasional heartburn caused by acid reflux. You can chew fennel seeds either roasted after meals or eat them as such. Make sure you have fennel seeds all the time with you especially when in front of a delicious table filled with tasty “forbidden” foods, which is soooo hard to resist.
Chew fennel seeds long enough, so all the beneficial compounds dissolve already in your mouth.
Fennel seeds are great to have when traveling. Always carry with you a small bag of fennel seeds especially if you have stomach problems (cramps, bloating, flatulence or heartburn). It will make your traveling much more enjoyable and pain free.
Fennel seeds produce aromatic essential oils. Fennel contains volatile oil, flavonoids, sterols and coumarins. It has been reported that the essential oil from the seed has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant effects. Fennel also has phyto-oestrogens which increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers. Fennel seed tea can be used one cup between meals few times a day. Take 2-5 g of fennel seeds crushed in 150 ml boiled water for 10 minutes. Whereas in many countries fennel is grown religiously in gardens and used as a delicious sweetish aromatic tea, in some countries fennel is considered to be just a common weed. Yet, in Italy and France, fennel is a favorite herb used in salads, soups, grilled, roasted or for flavoring liquors.
In addition being used in food and as a refreshing tea, fennel is also used to ease up with different conditions from using it as an eye-water and to increase milk flow in nursing mothers and especially for treating upset stomach and indigestion. Other benefits when using fennel:
- Appetite depressant
- Treat migraine headaches
- Relieves colic and flatulence
- Has calming effects on bronchitis and coughs
- Relieves bloating and abdominal discomfort
- As an estrogenic herb fennel promotes milk production
- Improves the complexion (cleanses the blood)
- Externally, the EO (essential oil) eases rheumatic pains.
- Used as tea for eyewash to treat conjunctivitis and tired eyes.
Fennel is safe and effective herb and there are no side effects known when using fennel as herbal tea. However, pregnant or lactating women should avoid using fennel in oil preparation. It has been reported that in pregnant women, the oil can cause miscarriage.
While some claim that fennel is excellent food suppressant which is really good especially if you are a serious “watch dog” over your diet, the best part is that it seems like this aromatic fennel herb does help greatly when it comes to calming and treating indigestion, bloating, or colic.
Therefore, a tea cup or two (three would not harm) a day of this delicious ancient and natural digestion remedy after and or before a meal might be a great and a pleasant treat, soothing for stomach. You may shed those unsightly extra pounds away while enjoying warm fennel tea, worth trying at least for its delicious and refreshing taste.